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Whitehall Must Be Held to Business Standards

Magazine article Public Finance

Whitehall Must Be Held to Business Standards

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Government departments should be benchmarked against private sector organisations and staff should be performancemanaged, according to a report by MPs.

A Public Accounts Committee report, published on September 15, assessed the Departmental Capability Review Programme. It said the first round of reviews In 2006/07 had led to improvements in leadership and in the visibility of board and senior executive teams.

A second round of reviews completed last year showed that staff confidence In senior management was improving but was still poor, with a staff survey showing only half had confidence in senior managers.

But the PAC said the reviews, brokered by Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell, should 'drive improvement' by comparing Whitehall departments with private sector companies. …

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